[ buh-naw-sik, -zik ]
/ bəˈnɔ sɪk, -zɪk /
serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
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Origin of banausic
First recorded in 1835–45; from Greek banausikós, equivalent to bánaus(os) “pertaining to an artisan,” derivative of baûnos “furnace, forge” + -ikos -ic
Words nearby banausic
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Example sentences from the Web for banausic
The burghers began to tune the melodies of a new music: a banausic artisan song.Women of the Teutonic Nations|Hermann Schoenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for banausic
/ (bəˈnɔːsɪk) /
merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian
Word Origin for banausic
C19: from Greek banausikos for mechanics, from baunos forge
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